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UK Masters Loans - Country Guides

Masters degree loans will be available across the United Kingdom in 2017. All eligible students from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will have access Government funding for postgraduate study.

UK students can use this money to study a Masters anywhere in the UK. In most cases, however, you'll need to apply from the country you normally live in. This won't necessarily be the same as the country you've studied in as an undergraduate.

EU students will also have access to UK postgraduate loans in 2017 as part of fee and funding guarantees following the recent EU referendum.

Our guides explain how the different loans work, including information on payments, repayments, eligibility and application requirements.

You can also view a quick comparison of UK postgraduate loans at the bottom of this page.

English Postgraduate Loans

England was the first country to introduce loans for taught and research Masters degrees. Their value has increased to £10,280 for 2017.

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Welsh Postgraduate Loans

Wales will introduce postgraduate loans in 2017, with up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters degrees in 2017.

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Scottish Postgraduate Loans

Scotland is introducing two loans for taught postgraduate courses in 2017, offering up to £5,500 for tuition fees and £4,500 for living costs.

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Northern Irish Postgraduate Loans

Ireland will introduce £5,500 tuition-fee loans for taught and research courses up to Masters level in 2017.

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Repaying a Postgraduate Loan

Our guide explains how postgraduate repayments work across the UK, with a helpful FAQ and loan calculator.

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Applying for a Postgraduate Loan

Each postgraduate loan uses a separate application system. Our guide and walkthroughs explain how they work.

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Postgraduate Loan Blogs

Postgraduate loans are a new and fast-moving addition to the UK funding landscape. Our blog features regular news stories and updates.

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Other UK Masters Funding

Postgraduate loans aren't the only source of funding in the UK. Our guides cover other forms of support, including international student funding.

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A comparison of UK postgraduate loans

The UK's four postgraduate loan options have plenty in common, but there are some differences between the individual schemes.

Some concern obvious details such as residency criteria (you will normally need to be ordinarily resident in the country you apply for a loan from). Others concern more significant differences between loan amounts and eligible courses.

The following table compares the key features of postgraduate loans in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for 2017:


2017 UK Postgraduate Loans
England Northern Ireland Wales Scotland
Value £10,280* £5,500 £10,280** £10,000***
Level Full Masters Up to Masters Full Masters Up to Masters
Courses Taught & Research Taught & Research Taught & Research Taught
Length Up to 4 years Up to 3 years Up to 4 years Up to 4 years
From 2016 2017 2017 2017
*The maximum amount for English postgraduate loans will rise from £10,000 to £10,280 in 2017.
**Wales also proposes a combination of means-tested and non-means-tested grants and loans from 2018.
***Scotland offers two separate postgraduate loans for tuition fees and living costs. Their eligibility criteria differ slightly.

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